Nhi's life changed at Hillcrest. Walking these ancient halls Nhi built life-long friendships, uncovered her self-worth, and accepted Jesus as her Savior. 

He wants us to know Him and become part of His family. Hillcrest has shown me that. Before Hillcrest, I did not feel confident. I always felt so stupid. But now I know that God thinks I’m not stupid.

In the summer of 2012 Nhi surfed the internet for a boarding school. When the Hillcrest banner popped up Nhi knew she wanted to attend. She carefully filled out the application and nervously interviewed with Wayne. She received a letter in the mail. She anxiously opened it. As she read it, her heart dropped. The letter explained that she could not attend Hillcrest because her knowledge of English was insufficient. 

Nhi found another school in America. She set learning English as her number one goal. Her desk quickly piled high with reading and writing textbooks. She spoke English as often as possible. She applied to Hillcrest again, hoping to become a Comet. She received another letter. Her hard work paid off and Hillcrest welcomed Nhi into the student body. 

Nhi Nguyen and Ashley Jarvi pose at Hillcrest's Christmas banquet photobooth

Nhi Nguyen and Ashley Jarvi pose at Hillcrest's Christmas banquet photobooth

Nhi's first  year in the Castle started quietly. She stayed in the shadows, keeping her comments to herself. Her fear of speaking English stopped her from reaching out. But the people at Hillcrest took Nhi under their wing, making her feel at home. "The people care about me, love me," Nhi explains. Through the kindness of students and staff at Hillcrest Nhi says she began feeling confident in herself and loved by everyone around her.

In her Junior year Nhi began an inner argument that would reshape her world eternally. The constant discussion of God and Jesus made her question her Buddhist faith, the main religion in Vietnam. She heard the Gospel message at Hillcrest. For the first time she saw God's love and acceptance for all people. Her heart tugged as God called to her. 

Nhi says she felt Matthew 7:7 giving her directions to search for God. Her ears started listening intently during chapel and class devotion times. Her eyes sped over Scripture. 

God wanted me to come to Hillcrest

Nhi developed a close bond with an American student and Mr. Peterson. The friendshipopened doorways for a Bible study that transformed Nhiís life. Meeting after school, Nhi asked questions of her close friends, probing for answers and intensely searching for God. 

God revealed Himself to Nhi in her pursuit for Christ. Nhi boldly proclaims the Good News in Jesus Christ. She thrives in Hillcrestís Bible classes and looks forward to her personal devotion times. Her friends say she possesses a caring nature that models Christian love for girls in the dorms.

"God wanted me to come to Hillcrest," Nhi testifies. "He wants us to know Him and become part of His family. Hillcrest has shown me that. Before Hillcrest, I did not feel confident. I always felt so stupid. But now I know that God thinks I'm not stupid. I am a good person. I am confident...I don't care if people talk about me. Hillcrest is my small family."

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